Stayed here for one night stop over, easy to find as just off motorway.
As we arrived tea time we just looked at the indoor pool, had a shower that was fine and later that night went in the bar. The bar was lovely, it's an old stable block converted. Spent the evening talking to the fabulous Dutch owner, an English couple bought in their guitar and banjo and it proceeded to be a lovely night. Decent menu on blackboard and we just shared a pizza at the end of the night.
Ordered breakfast and collected over at the castle side of the estate.
Would very much recommend this as somewhere to break a journey.
We originally intended only to stay 2 nights on this 'chateau camping' before moving on, but liked it so much we stayed for 14. I think this is the best site we have ever been to. So beautiful and quiet. Larger site than we would normally choose. The owners are Dutch(they speak very good English !) and very pleasant and helpful. Good shower / toilet blocks. They were kept spotless during our stay although the site was busy. (with a lot of Dutch). On the site is a superb 'brasserie', serving good food at very reasonable prices. This site is ideal for families. The indoor and outdoor pools are beautiful, our kids have got a fab time. The pitches are of a good size, larger than most in France.
We were pitched on the 'A' field and we've got a magnificent view over the valley of the river Allier. Great walks from the site. I am surprised by the negative review as we had a brilliant time here and no mosquitoes ! One negative notice: Wifi not for free, costs 18, 00 € a week. Will definitely be back.
The previous review doesn't mention the mosquitoes, they must have arrived in force since 2009, not helped I suppose by the sudden arrival of the sun after weeks of rain. I was told that they would be treating our area of the site 'next', too late for us I'm afraid and for this reason we would not use this site again.
It is also the only place where we were nearly turned away because we have a twin axle caravan, but the owner decided we were not 'travellers'.
The site itself is long and narrow, situated high up above the river Allier. There are lots of trees, but if you choose your pitch carefully you will be able to obtain a satellite tv signal if this is important to you.
It's a €16 ACSI site in low season, too much we thought (+ €1 per day tax). The ACSI book mentions lots of activities, but we didn't see any, I assume these only happen in high season when you probably have to pay a high price. We knew the outdoor swimming pool would be closed, but the indoor one was covered up. We were told that we could ask for it to be uncovered, but it seemed too much hassle. So not for us I'm afraid, but it makes a handy base as it's near the autoroute.
To find site:- Leave A75 at junction 13 and head towards Parentignan on D996. At first roundabout continue straight on (Parentignan signed to left) and at next roundabout take first right on D34 signed for Les Pradeaux. Campsite is signed from here.
Camping la Grange Fort is a pleasant rustic country campsite set in and around an old Chateaux about 20 miles south of Clermont Ferrand and not far from the A75 autoroute. The site is Dutch owned and the owners, as would be expected, speak perfect English. There are around 120 pitches of a variety of sizes but mostly generous to large. Some have an open aspect whilst others are individually hedged. Some are quite private if that is your requirement although access to these pitches could be difficult for larger outfits. Some of the pitches are on grass but others are on gravel or compacted soil hardstandings. Electric points are rated at 6amps and are a mix of CEE17 and continental connectors. Water points are dotted around the site. Toilet facilities are good with seated toilets but no paper provided, some facilities are unisex. There is a lovely outside swimming pool as well as an indoor one. Bread can be ordered at Reception and they also sell wine and ice cream. The site boasts a restaurant although I could not quite establish where it was situated! WiFi is available, via the Passman system, as is fixed terminal internet access. The ACSI Card is accepted out of the main season.
This site is a useful stop over going north/south on the A75 although the site has a certain charm which should encourage a longer stay. There is a large Carrefour near junction 12 at Issoire. If you have time there is lots to explore in the area.
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